Think Upon Your Mortality

2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference


In this 32-minute session from the Austin Stone Worship Conference, Kevin Peck encourages minsters to consider their own mortality, using the reality of the short time we are on earth to wage war against pride and entitlement. Kevin is Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.


Matthew 20:25-28 (ESV)

25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.26It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Why do you think there is a temptation to move beyond servanthood when you enter leadership?
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What would you say are the key characteristics of a servant leader?
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Psalm 39:4-6 (ESV)

4“O Lord, make me know my end

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting I am!

5Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,

and my lifetime is as nothing before you.

Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

6Surely a man goes about as a shadow!

Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;

man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Why does thinking about your own mortality bring clarity to your thoughts and actions?
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What would change in your life and the way you lead if you knew you were going to die in six months?
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Read through the text that Kevin used in his message, making note of what was of upmost importance for Paul as his death drew near.

2 Timothy 4:1-8 (ESV)

Preach the Word

1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Who is your Timothy? Who has God placed in your life to impart wisdom, guidance, and instruction? How are you proactively discipling them?
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Without question, for those in Christ there is much to celebrate regarding our death. However, at the same time there is a soberness that comes when we truly reflect on our mortality. There is a clarity and focus of calling, mission, and purpose that works to kill entitlement and pride. It sheds light on the futility of sinful desires that so easily entangle us. Battle the temptation to think more highly of yourself than you ought. Follow Christ's example as you serve those you've been called to lead.


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